Rakuten: NBA and Rakuten team up to bring Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards to Japan for two preseason games in 2022

NBA and Rakuten team up to bring Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards to Japan for two preseason games in 2022

– NBA Japan Games 2022 Presented by Rakuten will feature the Warriors and Wizards playing in Japan for the first time on September 30 and October 2 at Saitama Super Arena.

– Fans can register their interest in tickets here.

NBA Japan Games 2022 Announcement Video Presented by Rakuten

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Tokyo and New York, March 15, 2022 – Rakuten Group, Inc. and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards will play two preseason games in Japan in 2022. The NBA Japan Games 2022 presented by Rakuten will take place on Friday 30 and Sunday of September. , on October 2 at the Saitama Super Arena and will mark the league’s 15thand and 16and games in the country.

The announcement was made today at a press conference in Tokyo by Rakuten Chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA General Manager for Asia , Scott Levy. Silver and Levy participated via live video conference.

Tickets for the matches will go on sale at a later date. Fans can register their interest in tickets and access pre-sale information here.

Rakuten Chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani commented:“For nearly five years, our partnership with the NBA has united fans across Japan and helped grow the global basketball community. Rakuten strongly believes in the power of sports to bring people and communities together, which is so essential in today’s world. We are excited for this exciting opportunity to bring NBA games back to Japan, this time with the Golden State Warriors, our official partners, and the Washington Wizards.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver commented“We are thrilled to once again bring pre-season games to our fans in Japan. There is great momentum around NBA basketball in the country and we thank Mickey and Rakuten for their continued efforts to further develop the sport. ”

NBA Asia General Manager Scott Levy commented:“Since 2017, Rakuten has brought the excitement of the NBA directly to fans in Japan through a variety of unique experiences, including as the league’s exclusive distribution partner. date, the NBA and Rakuten will offer Japanese fans the opportunity to witness a thrilling game between the Warriors and the Wizards in an event that promises to be a truly unique moment for Japanese basketball.”

The six-time NBA Warriors champions currently include two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson, 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star Draymond Green. The Wizards currently have three-time NBA star Bradley Beal, 2018 NBA star Kristaps Porziņģis, and 2020 NBA All-Rookie Team second member Rui Hachimura, who in 2019 became the first Japanese selected in the first round of the NBA draft. . Both warriors and wizards will make their first visits to Japan.

NBA Japan Games 2022 presented by Rakuten will be broadcast live in Japan on the NBA Rakuten service and will reach fans in over 200 countries and territories on TV, digital and social media. The games will also be supported by a list of marketing and merchandising partners. Prior to games, the league and its partners will also host interactive fan activities, Jr. NBA programming and NBA Cares community outreach initiatives.

Between 1990 and 2003, the NBA hosted 12 regular season games in Japan in Saitama City, Tokyo and Yokohama. The game between the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz in Tokyo on November 2, 1990 marked the first regular season game played outside of North America by an American sports league. The NBA last played in Japan in 2019, when Rakuten and the NBA teamed up to bring the Houston Rockets and 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the country for two preseason games.

In 2017, the NBA and Rakuten announced a groundbreaking partnership that made Rakuten the NBA’s global marketing partner and the league’s exclusive live game distribution partner in Japan. NBA Rakuten, the one-stop destination for fans in Japan to watch NBA games and programming, is currently offering viewers exclusive access to the 2021-22 NBA season. Additionally, Rakuten operates the NBA area on Rakuten Ichiba, the leading e-commerce platform in Japan, which offers a selection of NBA and team products. Rakuten is also an official partner of the Golden State Warriors, a relationship that began in 2017 when the Warriors welcomed Rakuten as the team’s first-ever shirt partner.

The presence of the NBA in Japan goes back more than 30 years. NBA games and programming have been broadcast in Japan since the 1988-89 season, and officially licensed NBA merchandise is widely available at more than 700 retail stores nationwide and through NBAStore.jp, the store Official NBA Japan Online. In addition to live games, the league has hosted a number of events in Japan, including interactive fan events, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives, and in 2012 and 2019 Basketball Without Borders, the global basketball program. NBA and FIBA ​​basketball development and community outreach.

Golden State Warriors CEO and Co-Executive Chairman Joe Lacob commented:“We are extremely grateful that the NBA has selected the Warriors and Wizards, two franchises with illustrious histories in our league, to kick off the 2022 NBA preseason in Japan, home to some of the most incredibly passionate NBA fans in the world. our more than four-year partnership with Rakuten, we’ve had the pleasure of forming many impactful relationships across Japan, and some of our players, including Stephen Curry, have thoroughly enjoyed their recent visits to Tokyo and the interactions they shared with basketball fans who love the game. This unique bond with our partners and fans will continue to grow during the Japan Games, and we couldn’t be more excited and honored to experience the incredible Japanese culture as that group. we around the world.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder and CEO Ted Leonsis commented:“We are so honored to represent the NBA and the wonderful game of basketball in front of an audience of Japanese fans. We are especially thrilled to see Rui Hachimura perform in front of his fellow Japanese people. We were proud to welcome him to the DC Family he nearly three years ago as a vibrant young talent and has only seen his growth as a player since. And our fans across our home market in Washington DC have a special connection with the Japanese people – marked by our celebration annual gift of cherry trees given to our city by the mayor of Tokyo over 100 years ago. Celebrating American and Japanese cultures further strengthens our bonds and so we look forward to taking on the Golden State Warriors and growing more new fans of the sport we all love.

About the NBA
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization whose mission is to inspire and connect people around the world through the power of basketball. Built around five professional sports leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programs available in 215 countries and territories around the world. more than 50 languages, and products for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on seven continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 40 countries. NBA Digital assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers worldwide across all league, team and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league tackles important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and causes related to health.


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